Cultural Paths has been facilitating co-development process with network partners and practitioners. These initiatives stemmed from dialogues and connections made during our first Symposium Discovering Inputs.

 

Despite the difficulties and obstacles posed by the current restrictions of movement, we have established dynamic collaborations and development process's between different practitioners and organisations across borders.

 

Investing in local cultural resources including traditional knowledge and skills leads to collaborations and creative ecosystems that captures people’s imaginative capacities even in the most challenging of times.

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An inter-regional project between Veno Gard Kunst, Norway, and Rovaniemi Heritage Museum, Finland, inspired from the traditional clothing and textiles collection the museum holds. A reinterpretation of traditional working garments, knitted patterns and the nordic landscape 

Exploring the potential for circular design, applied arts and digital technologies, the collaboration has developed a heartfelt working process between fashion designer Julia Kröner Venø, local wool producer Inger Falkevik from Nordfjordulllocal knitters and creative practitioners. 

 

The project aims to reflect the value of rural culture, with its roots in applied crafts, and ethical maker-ship culminating in an exhibition to coincide with our next Symposium Merging - Converging.

Materials will include conceptualization of ideas, textile samples, designs, moodboards, drawings, and a garment prototype.

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A co-development process started with Gratangen Boats Museum, Norway since our last Symposium.

We have been tracing possibilities for development and collaborations for this exciting institution including an educational project exchange with Rovdina Gora in Arkhangelsk and traditional skill training organisation Grampus Heritage.

The goal is to build a framework that would strengthen the competence, impact and sustainability of the organisation as well as re-building the cultural interface of Gratangen in the region through experiential learning programs, 

traditions and techniques.

Boat building traditions relate directly to cultural elements of the local ecosystem. Not only do they help us understand the reasons for technological changes, but also show how the story of  the boat mirrors history, social change and social customs. 

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Cultural Paths paired up with students from MTI – Tourism Research and Training Institute, Rovaniemi, to explore marketing and eCommerce strategies for cultural tourism. The exercise was focused on Rovaniemi Heritage Museum, an appropriate case study given the potential for diversification and meaningful services that the institution can provide for wider audiences and international visitors. 

Presently the museum is being developed into a dynamic centre for the learning and revitalisation of traditional culture. Their events and programs are generated in cooperation with local residents' and village associations, tourism guides and rural and tourism entrepreneurs. 

Rovaniemi Heritage Museum is one Cultural Paths key partners, sharing our ambition to create engaging and innovative projects  to disseminate the value of local culture, traditions and cooperation across the wider region. 

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